Session III

Tuesday, June 30—Thursday, July 30, 2015

Unless otherwise indicated, Session II and III courses are taught at the graduate level in English, using texts in the original, although translations are generally available. Each course earns 3 credits. Session II and III courses meet three days every week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), except for holidays.

All Session III courses are open to participants in the Summer Learners Program.

JGW/TAL 5620: Ketubot Chapter 5
Moti Arad, 9:00–11:40 a.m.

What are the marital obligations between wives and husbands? What happens to a "rebellious wife" or a "rebellious husband?" Ketubot Chapter 5 and five folios in the Bavli discuss the basics of marriage and provide a lens onto the changing image of women from Tannaitic to Stamaitic, and from Palestinian to Babylonian literature. We will also use Rishonim as a key to exploring later rabbinic images of women in Medieval Spanish and Ashkenazi Halakhah. 

HIS/MJS 5504: The Culture of Humor in Modern Jewish History
Daniel Bronstein, 1:00–3:40 p.m.

A distinct Jewish humor is one of the best-known products of modern Jewish culture. This course will trace the development of a specifically Jewish humor from the folklore of the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the domination of the humor industry in the United States, and includes side trips to Western Europe, the former USSR, and Israel.

MID/ANC 5611: When in Rome: Greco-Roman Culture and the Invention of Judaism
Dr. Burt Visotzky, 5:00–7:40 p.m.

After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE, the Rabbis emerged as a leadership group. This course explores how they transformed Judaism from a temple cult to a vibrant religion by adapting essential elements of Greco-Roman culture and language.

Prerequisite: HEB 5203 is strongly recommended

EDU 5640D: Art and Exegesis: Incorporating the Arts in Jewish Education (Online)
Ofra Backenroth

An exploration of the arts as a window into the teaching of Israeli society encourages learners to look at Israel through different points of view. Students will explore how the arts can serve as the basis for learning and teaching the content areas of Israel education, such as history, Zionist philosophy, current Israeli society, Israeli/Jewish Identity, and Israel engagement, to people of all ages in a variety of educational settings.